December 4, 2007 - NBA Development League (D-League)
NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2007 - Jeremy Richardson of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants today was named D-League.com Performer of the Week for games played during the week of Nov. 26. Richardson averaged 35.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in two games, shooting .532 (25-47) from the field.
Richardson, who led the Mad Ants to their first two victories in franchise history, scored 40 points, and recorded six rebounds and five assists in a win over Iowa on Nov. 29. On Dec. 3, Richardson continued his hot streak scoring 30 points and grabbing seven rebounds in a second win over the Energy.
A 6-7 guard from Delta State, Richardson leads the league with 27.8 points per game and 47.5 minutes per game, and is among lead leaders in rebounds per game with 7.0.
Richardson was the Mad Ants\' first round selection (second overall) in the 2007 D-League Expansion Draft, following a season as a member of the Fort Worth Flyers in 2005-06 in which he averaged 17.6 points in 34 D-League games and earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers. For his efforts he earned Second Team All-D-League recognition for the 2005-06 season. Other top performers in the D-League last week included CJ Watson (Rio Grande Valley) who averaged 25.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists; Darius Washington (Austin) who finished his first week on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs averaging 29.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists; Scooter McFadgon (Bakersfield) who averaged 23.0 points and 4.3 rebounds since being acquired by the Jam; Gabe Muoneke (Rio Grande Valley) who averaged 23.2 points and 4.8 rebounds and Sean Banks (Los Angeles) who scored 35 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out five assists in a win over Idaho and averaged 24.5 points in four games last week.
The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Now in its seventh season the D-League\'s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 14 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact, former D-League players represented 10 percent of NBA players on 2007-08 opening day rosters, numbering 44 in total. In addition, the D-League has produced 25 percent of current NBA referees and 16 current NBA coaches, including head coach Sam Vincent with the Charlotte Bobcats. The D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives of the NBA and its teams, provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.